Back to top

UPDATED: Consider postponing non-essential travel — Environment Canada

Environment Canada said snow will continue over southeastern British Columbia and become heavy this evening before tapering off Tuesday morning.

Environment Canada is advising the public to consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve due to a Winter Storm Warning for the Southern Interior of BC.

"A deepening Pacific low will make its way across Washington state during the day then will cross the southeast corner of B.C. tonight," Environment Canada said.

"Abundant moisture associated with the system combined with cold air to the north of its trajectory will produce heavy snowfall across the southern interior of British Columbia."

Environment Canada said snow will continue over southeastern British Columbia and become heavy this evening before tapering off Tuesday morning.

"Total snowfall accumulations of 15 to 25 cm is expected for the Kootenays and Elk Valley," Environment Canada said.

"For higher elevations and highway passes like Kootenay Pass, amounts of up to 40 cm are possible."

Environment Canada said over the southernmost regions, precipitation may briefly change over to rain this evening which will limit the snowfall amounts locally.

Environment Canada issues Winter Storm Watch for Southern Interior of BC

Environment Canada has updated Saturday's warning to a Winter Storm Watch Sunday morning for the Southern Interior, including Boundary, West Kootenay and Kootenay Lake regions.

Environment Canada said a deepening Pacific low will make its way across Washington state on Monday with an abundant of moisture associated with the system combined with cold air to the north of its trajectory.'

Environment Canada said this will produce heavy snowfall across the southern interior of British Columbia.

“Snow will begin early Monday morning and intensify during the day,” Environment Canada said.

“It will taper off Monday night with snowfall amounts will range from 15 to 20 cm for the Nicola and Boundary regions.”

Environment Canada said snowfall will be more variable in the Okanagan where lower elevations along the lake may receive 10 cm or less; however, there will be 15 cm or more over higher terrain.

Environment Canada said the general public should avoid travel if possible. 

"Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight," Environment Canada said.

Environment Canada said weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

Shift Into Winter reminds drivers to reminds drivers to know before they go, adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.

Road conditions are available at DriveBC.

Snowfall Warning for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Environment Canada issued a Snowfall Warning Saturday to West Kootenay, Boundary drivers taking Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada said snowfall with total amounts of 15 to 20 cm is expected on upper level roads.

“A frontal system will move across the BC Interior today spreading snow to the Kootenay Pass beginning late this afternoon,” Environment Canada.

“The snow will ease early on Sunday morning with total snowfall accumulations of 15 to 20 cm expected.”

Environment Canada said weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

Shift Into Winter reminds drivers to reminds drivers to know before they go, adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.

Road conditions are available at DriveBC.